Drama As Gombe Lawmaker Flees With Mace During Plenary
There was drama on Thursday in the Gombe State House Assembly during plenary when a member of the House took away the mace in an attempt to impeach the Minority Leader.
Abdullahi Abubakar Maiwanka, who is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Akko West constituency, went to the table while the House was on plenary, took away the mace and sped up from the House in his car.
Maiwanka was assisted by a member representing Gombe-south constituency, Mohammed A. Bello who held the Sergeant-at-Arms to allow him take the mace.
According to eye witnesses, police at the gate of the House shot his car tyres in an attempt to stop him, but he managed to escape unhurt with a shattered windscreen and flat tyres.
He later abandoned the car at New Mile 3, along Gombe-Yola road.
Maiwanka's action was prompted by the failure of three out of the eight members of the APC in the House to impeach the Minority Leader, Ahmed Usman Haruna.
Sources say the purported impeachment of the minority leader is connected with the recent press conference he granted, where he challenged the outcome of the recent APC congress in the state.
Haruna, was reported to have held a press conference on May 5, soon after the Ward Congress, where he condemned the processes of the Ward Congress in the state.
His outburst was said to have irked other APC members in the House, who began the process of impeaching him.
However, during the process for the impeachment, it was gathered that five out of the eight members who signed for the impeachment, one signed for and against the impeachment and when asked why he did so, he said he was forced to sign the motion for the impeachment under duress.
Following this development, which split the members equally, it was obvious that the impeachment would not hold. This led Maiwanka to take the mace at about 1:12pm.
The House, however, continued its sitting with a spare mace.
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